My recent endeavor with cross stitch has resulted in one of my all time favorites to date! A custom guitar strap! I wanted to give this a try and needed to someone I was familiar with and had read plenty about. I chose Chad Taylor from the bands Live and The Gracious Few. You may know Live from this song…
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Live is one of my all time favorite bands and I spent a lot….A LOT…of time traveling to see them over the years. The original members may no longer be together but there is little, if anything, that can replace the memories made from when they were the original Live. Quite a few of those memories are all time highlights of my time on this planet. The guitar strap kind of became a thank you for that. Here it is…!
I used a pattern maker for the more detailed work but, for the most part, it was merely a guideline. I realized quickly that, in all of its detail oriented glory, it made me purchase close to 20 skeins of floss that I only needing about 3 stitches out of per skein. Gah! Duly noted.
When trying to decide what to stitch on it, it evolved into a timeline of the band, but still custom to Chad. The band formed when they were high school lads and had their first practice in their drummers garage on Newberry Street in York, Pa. Their name was Public Affection back in that day and some of their first “holy crap! we’re getting paid to play!” gigs were in the imfamous CBGB’s of New York City. One place I’m still sad I never got to see before it closed. Quite the music history at that joint, for sure.
They were also hometown favorites, of course, playing incessantly in the York/Lancaster area. One of those places was the Chameleon Club. This next little section is homage to the club and Chad’s favorite guitar…a vintage sea-foam green Jazzmaster named after his daughter, Ruby Lou.
So far so good! And then I decided to do each of their albums.
I cannot tell a lie…I wanted to burn this thing a few times stitching these. I can’t even tell you how long they took…LONG, I know that. It felt like I changed floss about every 4-6 seconds.
Now, one of the absolute best things about seeing Taylor play Live is when he loses his marbles on that guitar. He is very well known for his “stomping” on stage and I feel I speak for many when I say once this happens…it’s game on. There are certain songs that when I hear them in the car…I am stomping…I can’t help it. Maybe not quite as aggressively but stomping nonetheless.
It’s kind of awesome, and silly at the same time, when you see it in stitch but that is THE signature Chad Taylor move…to omit it would be wrong. This is a personalized strap after all.As for the remaining parts: Aurora Creative Group is a media production company that Taylor is a principal partner in. They’ve produced films with the likes of Marcia Gay Harden, Doris Roberts, and the late Ernest Borgnine to name a few…Questionable Entertainment is a music label he launched to aid his new band The Gracious Few and other emerging artists…(that’s The Gracious Few album there in black and white…another nightmare to stitch )…and Think Loud with Live which is an online rock show of sorts where he and his rockstar pals do backstage interviews with other rockstars. I really wish/wanted to do their actual logo’s and had the design down in the first run but, once I went guitar strap shopping, I had to do some serious editing just to fit this much on. Boo. Out of that first draft though, I did get myself and awesome pattern of one the “hippy girls” from their Throwing Copper album. Where she ends up has yet to be decided but she will appear one of these days! I have fond memories with that lil chubster. Finally, I’m going to go out on a limb and say, the most important thing in his life…I stitched his wife and three daughters names based off the tattoo on his forearm.
There we have it! All in all it took around 60 hours to complete and I think it’s pretty dang cool. If for nothing else, it will make a nice decorative wall hanging!
Time to start a new project while I still have the bug…wedding sampler or birthday gift?? Hmmm…